There is little doubt Federer has moved beyond the stratosphere of tennis to all-time sporting legend-dom, in the league of other stars such as Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. It's not that he's playing better in the moment but that he is better. He hinted he may sit out the Montreal Masters and play only in Cincinnati before an assault on a sixth US Open where he hasn't won since 2008.
His Grand Slam tally now stands at an unprecedented 19, an Open era record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. "Here I am with an eighth title, it's fantastic". The long hair has gone and the fresh face that snatched the title in 2003 has been replaced by the filled-out features of a tour veteran. Maybe when you are doubting yourself, they reassure you. If you're crying because you're injured but you choose to remain in the game, you've already defeated yourself. The last hour I have finally felt somewhat OK again. A love that has stayed true. We know tennis is a tough, physical sport but it seems to be getting tougher. "Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for", he explained. He said that was not so much a result of his foot's pain as the idea that he could not play well enough to present a challenge. Ranked No 217 in the world, he went on to beat Thomaz Bellucci (world No 55) and Jack Sock (No 18) before losing to Alexander Zverev in the third round.
- Magdaléna Rybáriková reached her first Grand Slam semifinal after 36 appearances in Grand Slam tournaments (10 at Wimbledon).
It is no coincidence that the two outstanding figures in the men's game in the last two years are both crocked. I think that's nice in some ways. That helped me. I trained really hard and very clever over all the years.
Most unlikely victory: Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis owed their place in the men's doubles to a wild card, but the Britons repaid the Wimbledon committee's faith in them with two dramatic victories.
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"I get inspired in a big way by the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Valentino Rossi or Michael Schumacher, guys who did things for a very long time at the highest of levels", Federer said.
They said he was finished - that, without a grand slam title for almost five years, his glory days were behind him. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. I grew up watching her play - sorry. The Swiss' revival this year came about after taking six months off last year and missing the recent clay-court season. You can't always play like you play. Got to bed at five, then woke up, and just didn't feel good.
Grinning broadly, Federer said the victory celebrations finished well after sunrise - just as they had in Melbourne after the Australian Open in January. He would never be confronted with another break point.
Murray at least was able to finish his match. "I believe I can do that".